Everything you need to know about Princess Beatrice

Katherine Chatfield
·Columnist
·6-min read

Who is Princess Beatrice?

Beatrice Elizabeth Mary is the first daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Born on 8 August 1988 in London, she is the Queen’s fifth grandchild.

Named a Princess at birth, her official title was Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York is ninth in line to the British throne. Photo: Getty Images

When she got married in July 2020, her title became Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, Countess Mapelli Mozzi, meaning she has dropped the “York” from her title. She can also be known as Contessa, which is the Italian title for Countess.

She is ninth in line to the throne, followed by her little sister Princess Eugenie.

Although her father, Prince Andrew, is the Duke of York, Beatrice will not inherit his title and become the Duchess of York when he dies, as Dukedoms are only inherited by male children.

Sarah Ferguson with Princesses Eugenie (left) and Beatrice (right) and Prince Andrew. Photo: Getty Images
Beatrice is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the sister of Princess Eugenie. Photo: Getty Images

Who is Princess Beatrice married to?

Beatrice is married to millionaire property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, known as Edo. The couple married in a private ceremony in All Saints Chapel in Windsor on 17 July 2020.

They had previously been forced to postpone their wedding plans, which was originally due to take place in May, at the Chapel Royal at St James’s due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Princess Beatrice secretly weds Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in coronavirus-safe wedding
Princess Beatrice is married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Photo: Instagram/Benjamin Wheeler

Does Princess Beatrice have any children?

She has a stepson, “Wolfie” (whose real name is Christopher), who is her husband’s child from his relationship with architect and former fiancée Dara Huang. Wolfie was born in 2016.

Friends of Beatrice have said she has “embraced [Wolfie] as part of her life from the outset" and the little boy is "very much part of their life.”

It’s believed Beatrice is the first blood princess to become a stepmother. Wolfie was reportedly a “mini best man” when she and Edoardo married.

Why did Princess Beatrice have a secret wedding?

The couple married in front of just 15 family and friends at a private chapel in Windsor, including the Queen and Prince Philip. It was the first secret royal wedding in 235 years.

Their original wedding was due to take place in front of 150 guests, with a reception in the garden at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen and Prince Phillip socially distance from Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at coronavirus secret wedding
Beatrice the dress and Edoardo wed in private due to coronavirus restrictions. Photo: Instagram/Theroyalfamily/Benjamin Wheeler

Although ostensibly, the privacy was due to being able to maintain social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been suggestions it also allowed Prince Andrew to escape the scrutiny of the public eye, due to his involvement with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew walked Beatrice down the aisle at the ceremony, and there was a small reception at his house afterwards.

The other guests included Fergie, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, Edo’s mum Nikki Williams-Ellis, his stepdad David, and his half-brother, Alby Shale.

Who designed Princess Beatrice’s wedding dress?

Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell gown, that had been worn by the Queen in 1967 for the state opening of parliament. The dress was made from Peau De Soie taffeta, encrusted with diamantes, and trimmed with ivory Duchess satin.

The dress was remodelled for Beatrice, with sleeves added, by designers Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin. Beatrice also wore Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara, which is what the Queen wore on her own wedding day.

Princess Beatrice’s reaction to Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew with princess Beatrice his alibi in the Jefferey Epstein scandal case
Prince Andrew, Duke of York has become embroiled in the Jefferey Epstein sex abuse trial. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Andrew named Beatrice as his alibi when he said he couldn’t have slept with Virgina Guiffre because he “had taken Beatrice [then aged 12] to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose four or five in the afternoon.”

Beatrice has never publicly commented on the allegations that her father had sex with underage girls, including Virginia Roberts Guiffre, at Jeffrey Epstein’s house. However, when her sister Eugenie wished their dad a Happy Father’s Day on her Instagram page, she was inundated with responses urging her to get Andrew to talk to US investigators about his involvement with Epstein.

What does Princess Beatrice do for a living?

Beatrice is not a working royal, so does not perform royal engagements full-time. She still attends occasions such as Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot, but is not obligated to do so. This means she isn’t entitled to full-time security.

She has a BA in History but works in finance, and has had consultancy roles at venture capital firm Sandbridge and software company Afiniti, where she is the Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy.

Does Princess Beatrice support any charities?

Princess Beatrice waves in purple hat and suit supports many charities
Princess Beatrice is a founder and supporter of many charities. Photo: Getty Images

She is the founder of charity, Big Change, which encourages young people to develop skills outside of the traditional academic curriculum.

She is also on the board of UK charity the Outward Bound Trust, and also works for Friends without a Border. In 2010 she became the first member of the Royal Family to complete the London marathon, raising money for Children in Crisis charity.

Princess Beatrice’s style

Beatrice is well known for her love of fashion. In 2007 she walked the catwalk at London Fashion Week for the Fashion for Relief show, where she wore a black Dolce & Gabbana dress, and walked the runway with her mum.

In 2011, she was panned for her choice of Philip Treacy fascinator at William and Kate’s wedding, with some people referring to it as a “vagina hat.”

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attend Wills and Kate's royal wedding in famously bad fascinators and dresses
Princess Beatrice has long made headlines for her fashion choices, most famously wearing an unusual hat to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Photo: Getty Images

She ended up selling the piece in an online auction, where it raised $130,000 for children’s charities. Later that year at Zara Philips’ wedding, she wore another unusual hat, which was dubbed the “satellite dish.”

In 2018 she made her Met Gala debut in a purple Alberta Ferretti gown with sheer sleeves, jewels and a crown.

When her sister, Princess Eugenie got married in October 2018, Beatrice was maid of honour. She wore a tailored Ralph and Russo dress, with a Sarah Cant hat.

What’s Princess Beatrice’s net worth?

Beatrice is believed to be worth around $6.5 million. This comes from royal trust funds, plus accounts set up in her name when her parents divorced in 1996.

Who is Princess Beatrice friends with?

Beatrice mingles in elite circles, and is friends with celebrities including Karlie Kloss, Ellie Goulding, Kate Moss and Richard Branson’s daughter Holly. She’s been snapped on holidays with several of her celebrity friends.

She grew up being friends with Cara Delevigne, as their mums went to school together and have remained friends. The girls spent several childhood holidays together and Cara now follows Beatrice’s private Instagram account.

Does Princess Beatrice have an Instagram account?

She has a private account @BeaYork with just over 600 followers, and a Twitter account @yorkiebea, where she is publicly active.

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